Tosa Ken Japanese Rare Dog Breeds

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Other Breed Names: Tosa Inu

Origin: Japan

Group: UKC, Guardian

Breed History: This handsome breed originated after Commodore Perry traveled to Japan in 1854. Trade began between Japan and western countries, allowing for Japanese breeders to breed foreign dogs with their native breeds. Breeds such as the Mastiff, Great Dane, Old English Bulldog, St. Bernard, and the German Pointer were bred with Japanese native dog breeds like the Shikoku. This allowed for a powerful breed to originate. Unfortunately this breed was used for dog fighting, and still is today. Although a rare breed, most especially after WW2, breeders allowed for the Tosa Inu to gain popularity as a breed. The most popular years for this breed was during 1924-1933.

Breed Description: Ruggedly handsome, powerful and large, the Tosa Inu is muscular and longer than tall. With a large, square- shaped head, droopy lips- a prominent dewlap, delightful wrinkles, the Inu is spectacular as a breed. The Inu has powerful jaws and a wide muzzle. Carrying a black nose and high-set medium sized ears, his eyes are of average size. Tail is long and coat, short and thick. This breed is usually one color; brindle, red, fawn, or sometimes black with some markings.The Inu sometimes has white markings on his chest and paws.

Height: 24.5-32 inches

Weight: 80-135 pounds

Temperament: This breed is deemed as a dangerous breed and has been banned in several countries. Nonetheless, the Inu with positive training ,a loving home and the right environmental stimuli can make for a great family dog. His temperament is quiet and reserved and affectionate around family members. Although dog aggressive, with the right training and socialization the Inu can be socialized in the right way.

Activity Level. Energetic, needs plenty of exercise.

Most Suitable Pet Parent: The Tosa Ken needs plenty of positive training from a young age, and requires lots of socialization around dogs, people, children and other pets. That said, this breed does well in a suburban neighborhood with an experienced pet parent but needs regular exercise.

Needs: Socialization and positive training

Health Problems: Bloat, eye issues, hip and elbow displasia

FCI- Federation Cynologique International For Dogs Worldwide

Japanese Kennel Club- Japanese Kennel Club

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Rare Dog Breeds of Finland. Karelian Bear Dog Karjalankarhukoira Finnish Dog Breeds

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Origin: Finland

Group : Northern,UKC

History: The Karjalankarhukoira, otherwise known as the Karelian Bear Dog is thought to have originated from the indigenous northern European dogs around 1936. This breed was bred to hunt wildlife like bear and elk, and prefers to hunt alone,  instead of in packs. After World War 2, the Karelian was almost extinct as a breed. Nonetheless, the Finnish Kennel Club helped maintain the breed. Today, the Karelian Bear Dog helps to keep away bears from suburbs.

Description: A handsome, strong breed that is built longer than tall, the Karelian has a short muzzle with  a medium sized black nose. He has prick ears of medium size which are triangular in shape. With a bushy tail that is either relaxed or curled into a bob, the Karelian has a double coat made of harsh, straight hair of medium- length. His hair is longest on his back, neck and rump, and is black and white in color.

Height:  19.25 to 24 inches

Weight: 45-70 pounds

Temperament: The Karelian can sometimes be aggressive around other dogs and people. Although not the most suitable family pet, the Karelian does well with an experienced dog owner that can keep up with training and exercise. There are many pet parents and breeders that claim that this breed is sensitive, great with children, and makes a good family dog. The Karelian demonstrates bravery, leadership and does well with positive training from an early age.

Best Home Environment:  Large properties or farmlands with plenty of space to exercise. The Karelian needs plenty of socialization around other dogs, people and children.

Health Concerns: None


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Play and Exercise For Canine Health and Happiness! Dogs & Their Relationships With Other Dogs!

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Play and Exercise For Canine Health & Happiness

When many dogs get together at the dog park, beach or anywhere else, they will need to size each other up before deciding to make friends. They do this by sniffing each other and showing different body and tail postures. Many times friendship is instantaneous and they will make friends right away and go play. Play among dogs is incredibly important, and all dogs need to do this at least a few times a week.Dogs have glands on either sides of their behind, and part of a canine introduction will entail butt sniffing. A dog’s anal glands releases a smell when a dog goes potty, is excited or scared, or even feeling aggressive. Other dogs will sniff your dog’s behind to see what the new dog is all about. Butt sniffing among dogs is an introductory process among dogs, and should never be interrupted by well meaning pet parents. Once dogs have completed this process, they will then greet each other via their faces and other body parts. At the end of all of this, a rank is established, and the dogs can then begin to play or leave each other alone.



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Monday morning fun! Dog Wellness! Why off leash runs should be done every day?

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Deciding on whether to go to the dog park before or after work can be a difficult decision.Yet, there’s no doubt about it,regular off leash trips to the dog park, woods or even hitting the hiking trails with your furry best friend is no longer considered a luxury today. It’s a necessity that many pet parents have come to understand.Not only does it increase the bond between you and your furry best friend, it also keeps your pooch well exercised and less prone to behavioral problems. In addition, your dog will make new canine buddies with each outing, and form canine friendships that can last a lifetime. Such friendships are an important part of canine life! Understanding what your dog needs during each stage of his life is an important part of canine parenting.


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Monday’s Dog Park Fun! What Have You Done For Your Dog Today?

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  • Positive Effects of Exercise and Dog Play
  •  Great Effects on Temperament
  •  Great Effects on Good Health

The secret of successful canine parenting is understanding your dog’s mental and physical needs, and also learning how to communicate with your dog. Understanding that your dog needs friendships with other canines, frequent play and unleashed runs are just some of the ways we can help our dogs.Learning to understand all our dog’s subtle changes is essential for compassionate canine understanding.


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UK Dog Breeds! Clumber Spaniel


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Origin: United Kingdom and France

History: The Clumber Spaniel was bred in France by the Duc de Noailles, who moved his dogs to the Duke of Newcastle’s kennels at Clumber Park Estate at the beginning of the French Revolution to escape slaughter. This is one of the earliest Spaniel breeds. They can track like a hound and hunt like a Spaniel.It is believed that the Clumber Spaniel ancestry has both Alpine and Basset Hound. The Clumber Spaniel as a breed was a perfect choice for nobility during the 19th century.

Group: Gun Dog, UKC, Sporting Dog, AKC


  • A nicely built dog with a rectangular shape-long, low and solidly built.Droopy jowls and eyes.
  • Large and handsome head with long, broad ears, a short muzzle and beautiful amber eyes which are large in size.
  • The Clumber Spaniel has a large nose which include various shades of rose, cherry, brown or beige.
  • Docked tail
  • Coat is straight and silky in texture. The Clumber Spaniel yields a neck frill and delightful feathering on both ears.His coat coloring is either white with a lemon tinge, or with orange markings.

Height: 17 to 20 inches

Weight: 55-85 pounds

Temperament: The Clumber Spaniel is a super friendly and outgoing dog that is easy to get along with. He enjoys being around children, friends and family, yet can be prone to shyness around guests. This is a wonderfully playful breed that always looks dignified and regal.

Activity Level:Medium amount of exercise required

Owner/Home Requirements: Active owner that has a rural home.This breed needs to be included in family activities, outings and enjoys being  active. They can do well in an apartment, yet need to be exercised daily.

Special Needs: Grooming, positive training, socialization and ear cleaning.They may also have feet problems. Plenty of drooling and snoring. This breed needs plenty of positive training, males are more prone to being out of line or devilish at times.

Health Concerns: Ear problems, epilepsy,allergies, hypothyroidism,intervertebral disc disease, entropion and hip dysplasia.

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